Short Cut To Summer Style

Summer in the city can leave you feeling like your wardrobe has suddenly been depleted of options. As the mercury rises, traditional workwear staples can look dull and dreary. An easy way to refresh your office attire for the season is with a couple of pairs of city shorts. When worn above the knee, they’ll integrate into your wardrobe just like a skirt, and if you dare to bare a little more and opt for a slightly shorter pair, simply lower your heel and add a tailored jacket or shirt into the mix. Be sure to avoid flimsy fabrics and opt for structured linens and sturdy cottons instead. Coloured and patterned shorts work for the office when paired with understated pieces in unassuming neutrals – remember it’s all about balance. If your knees are on show, cover your arms. Read on for our pick of the 12 best pairs of shorts suitable for work and play.

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Blue crepe shorts, Opening Ceremony, €325 at

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Padded jersey shorts, €59 at Cos

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Wrap city shorts, €48.73 at

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Striped Bermuda shorts, Gerard Darel, €90 at House of Fraser

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Olinda tailored shorts, €34.81 at

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Broderie-anglaise embroidered shorts, Chloé, €620 at

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Flux poppy-print shorts, Libertine-Libertine, €90 at

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White striped smart shorts, €40 at River Island

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Large pocket shorts, €29.95 at Zara

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Flowing pleated Bermuda shorts, €29.95 at Zara

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Coloured striped shorts, €49.99 at H&M

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Klara linen checked shorts, €89.11 at Whistles


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